Certain UTCs to stay open until 10pm from Jan 22

The one-stop centres for government services will stay open seven days a week, except for public holidays. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The finance ministry will be implementing new operational hours at Urban Transformation Centres (UTCs) starting Jan 22 as a measure to save public expenditure.

These UTCs function as one-stop centres for essential government services.

Three UTCs, namely Shah Alam, Keramat and Seremban, will operate from 1pm to 10pm (Monday-Thursday) and 2.45pm to 8pm on Fridays.

On Saturdays and Sundays, these three UTCs will operate from 8am to 5pm, the ministry said in a statement today.

The new operational hours for four other UTCs — Alor Setar, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu — are from 1pm to 10pm (Sunday-Thursday) and 8am to 5pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

For the other 15 UTCs nationwide, the operational hours are from 8am to 5pm daily.

The ministry said the new operational hours were made upon requests from the public for UTC operations in certain locations to stay open until 10pm.

“The ministry has reviewed the suitability of the UTCs concerned to implement the new operational hours.

“It found that the operations of seven UTCs located within shopping malls can be extended,” he said.

He said these UTCs will be open seven days a week, except for public holidays, to facilitate public access to government services.

“The operational hours of the UTCs will be reviewed from time to time to ensure that people’s requests are attended to, while government spending is made efficiently without wasting time and energy,” he said.